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Headword: *mh/leios *(hraklh=s
Adler number: mu,920
Translated headword: Sheepy Heracles
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to to cut-price things; for once, when the ox that they were intending to slaughter for Heracles escaped, they took a sheep and placed it on top of 4 branches and sacrificed it.
Greek Original:
*mh/leios *(hraklh=s: e)pi\ tw=n eu)telw=n: tou= ga\r boo\s e)kfugo/ntos pote/, o(\n e)/mellon tw=| *(hraklei= prosa/cein, mh=lon labo/ntes kai\ kla/dous u(poqe/ntes d# e)/qusan.
Some of the paroemiographers have explanatory variations on this theme, some of which interpret the epithet as referring to apples rather than sheep [the Greek word mh=lon can mean either 'sheep' or 'apple', and cf. mu 921 for the ambiguity of the present adjective mh/leios]: see Zenobius 5.22, Appendix Proverbiorum 3.93; also Hesychius s.v. *mh/lwn *(Hraklh=s (mu1206).
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; botany; daily life; economics; food; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 April 2008@06:35:11.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (modified translation, augmented note, added keywords, raised status) on 7 April 2008@09:18:50.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 7 April 2008@09:27:01.
David Whitehead on 21 May 2013@06:51:19.
David Whitehead on 18 May 2016@06:36:05.


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